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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Big boost to new Townsville nurses

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Big boost to new Townsville nurses

    113 nursing graduates from across the state are due to start work in the Townsville Hospital and Health Service over the next few weeks, as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to boosting frontline services.

    Member for Mundingburra and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said that the number of nursing graduates working across Townsville had increased by 10 per cent from last year, under the Palaszczuk Government.

    “We are committed to increasing our highly skilled nursing and midwifery workforce to ensure we have the best possible health system in Queensland,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “These graduates will be assigned to positions predominantly in the medical and surgical areas, with many training in specialist areas including mental health, rural and remote nursing and midwifery.

    “Nurses are the backbone of our health system, and I am pleased that with these additional graduates patient safety and care will increase in Townsville.”

    Minster O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had made nursing a focus with the introduction of nurse navigators, legislated nurse-to-patient ratios and funding of more than $110 million over four years to rebuild and expand the nursing workforce across the State.

    Graduate nurses will train in their roles during the next 12 months and will be constantly supported, coached and mentored by more experienced staff.

    Townsville Hospital and Health Board Chair Mr John Bearne said the nurse graduates would be an asset to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service’s nursing workforce and the community. 

    "They have come from all over the country, with 86 from James Cook University and seven coming from interstate universities," he said.

    "We know these nurses will make a real difference to patient care and uphold the wonderful standard of nursing at our hospitals.”

    "The enthusiasm and eagerness of new nurses is inspiring and of great benefit to our community.”

    Media Contact:                                  Minister O’Rourke’s office                  3719 7170